SFR Brigade Showcase, August 2016

SFR Brigade showcase

About Escapee: Repelling the Invasion

The African Queen in outer space

Catt Sayer just wants to survive.  The working-class fugitive delivers military supplies on her decrepit airship, but her hard-won livelihood vanishes when invaders overrun her harsh moon. If that isn’t bad enough, an idealistic, upper-class officer wants her to risk her life on a hopeless voyage to attack enemy headquarters – manned by 10,000 soldiers.

Escapee is the second book in the Repelling the Invasion series.
Book one is The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station,
which features Hector’s twin brother, Duke.

Escapee: Excerpt

The main characters, Hank and Catt, are attacking the enemy headquarters in a small tank, hoping to destroy a shield generator so the invaders can be driven off.  This is from Catt’s POV.

escapee smallerSomething pinged off the tank, making it ring like a muffled bell. They’d been hit, but if Hank was right—of course he was right—the enemy couldn’t penetrate the tank’s armor. Yet.

A stream of projectiles slammed the tank, one after the other, in an endless, cacophonous barrage, dozens of them. Hundreds. Then the tank roared and jumped like a giant had swatted it.

What the plark? The enemy had brought up their cannon already? They might not miss their next shot.

But Hank’s face still glowed with savage intensity. “The shield generator is nearby. I need two more seconds.”

It seemed to take a lot more than two seconds—her sense of time had shrunk—but then the tank bellowed again, and the sound was different. Internal, not external. “Missile one, missile two,” Hank shouted. “Three and four.”

Recoil smacked Catt backward into the seat. She was grateful all over again it was so well padded. How was the poor skoot faring? She couldn’t see the animal.

“Got it! Got it!” Hank’s voice sounded tinny after the roar of the missiles.

“We did it? We made a difference?”

“We did it!”

“Hank, I love—”

Before she finished, a mountain jumped onto the tank. Catt’s teeth rattled. Her helmet’s speaker’s hissed with overload and then went silent. The roof disappeared. Something hit her. No, the seat had ejected and she was flying. Spinning through the air. Through dizzy gray sky. And smoke.

And Hank was nowhere to be seen.

If you like The African Queen and the thrill of underdogs finding love while battling a hostile environment, you’ll love Escapee. Don’t let this rousing tale escape you.

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About the SFR Brigade

Each month, the Science Fiction Romance Brigade showcases some of its members.  The Brigade is a group of authors who write — what else? — science fiction and romance.

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  1. Oh, wow. She was ejected from the tank! Fun excerpt!! I must admit I was confused at the start because I didn’t know whose POV I was in until half way through, but I’m easily confused so there’s that. 😉

    1. Thanks for letting me know. I’ve added a short explanation that should take care of this confusion.

  2. Love the cliffie ending! I want to know what happens next!

    1. IMHO, one should always end an excerpt with either a cliffhanger or a zinger of some sort.

  3. Great excerpt! I always thought this concept of yours was a terrific idea for an SFR novel. Well done!

    1. It’s more of a romance than my usual work, but then anyone familiar with The African Queen would be able to figure that out.

  4. Oh, terrific stuff. Intense, exciting and with a cliff-hanger excerpt.

    1. Always end an excerpt with a cliffhanger so readers want more — that’s my philosophy.

  5. LOVE the cover! And great excerpt. Looking forward to reading this one. 🙂

    1. Yes, I think this is probably the nicest cover than Muse has put on my books.

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